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Chandelier
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Unknown
French, Paris, about 1710 - 1715
Colored glass, glass, colored foils, rock crystal, gilt bronze, and silver-plated bronze
H: 6 ft. 6 1/2 in. x W: 3 ft. 10 in.
74.DH.29

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This early chandelier's frame consists of four branches made of silvered bronze and set with short lengths of clear glass wrapped in foils coated with pink and green varnish. The rosettes and pendants or drops are also colored with foil covered in transparent varnishes of pink, while glass beads are tinted blue, green, brown, and purple to imitate colored gemstones. The chandelier was probably produced in Wurzburg, Germany, as similar chandeliers hang in the Royal Palace there.

Most of the intricate craftsmanship on this chandelier can only be seen from the top and sides, which suggests that it may have hung in a stairwell where the viewer could climb above it.

Detail Views

Arm with beads
Arm with beads

Rosette Ornament
Rosette Ornament

Pendant drop
Pendant drop